Friday, 2 January 2015

Time to Cherish...

Happy Friday,

Todays card is another made at the same time as yesterdays new year card this time I have gone for a cooler blue palette again using coconut white as the compilmentary colour.  This card is made with an unusual background technique however it doesn't come through in the pictures very well.  What I have done is to add Tropical blue and Golden light mica powders (from the garden set by Creative Expressions) to the rear of a piece of acetate using a double sided adhesive sheet.

Here is a shot of the background I hope you can catch the shine and colour in this one a little bit!

The reminder is the scandinavian background die, cut in coconut white.

The background is a piece of card run through the art deco A4 embossing folder with perfect medium and the blue mica rubbed over the design.  This gives a subtle shading and shine to the piece.  The remainder is just layers and hand cut frames for the same pale blue and coconut white card.

Finally I added a bow from pale blue silky crush ribbon and a centre gem, all form Creative expressions sue wilson range.

The winner of yesterdays card was Sam Smithard so if you email me with your address to I will post it out in the next few days!  However if you didn't win don't worry I am intending to give a card away every week hopefully on a Monday so there should be plenty more chances!



  1. Hi John.
    Thank you pretty technique with the mica. Take care Kitty.

  2. Hi John,
    I Love today's Stunning Card I sound like a broken record don't I! but I Love your work so very much today's Card is so pretty I Love the softness of the colours you've chosen the Blue and The Coconut White I Love the White Embossing, I'm now getting the hanging of heat embossing after using this procedure quite a lot over the Christmas period as before I never seemed to get it quite right!
    John Thank You So Very much for giving me the chance of winning one of your Awesome Cards I'm truly thrilled I will e-mail my details, I can't thank you enough.
    Take care
    Hugs from Sam x

  3. Eh up John
    The bow is a bit big for me but still a very pretty card. Trying to work out whether you mica the acetate or the sticky sheet! Im sure it shines in real life.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  4. Hi John. Love todays pretty card but have to agree with Mrs Duck about the bow, it is too big for me, it hides the beautiful sentiment. Congratulations Sam, enjoy the beautiful card : ) Take care.

  5. Lovely card & I am also wondering if the Mica goes on the Acetate or the sticky sheet. Congrats to Sam on winning your lovely card & I'm thrilled that we're getting a weekly chance to win a card.


  6. Ooh err I think the bow is too big too! Great technique with the acetate I assume you stuck background on the sticky sheet, then the acetate Removed second side of sticky sheets then used mica...? Would love a video

  7. Hello John, lovely card, love the die cut background, perhaps you can do a tutorial on the background. I agree with the others that the bow is too big. Well done to Sam on winning the card giveaway. Good luck to everyone with John's upcoming guveaway. Bx

  8. love the die, it just livens up the card.....beautiful

  9. Hi John,
    Lovely card, would be even lovelier with a smaller bow. Nice background technique also.
    HAGD, Rose

  10. Hi John, a lovely card but I think the bow is too big as well. Congratulations to Sam!

  11. Good morning John your card is gorgeous. Congratulations to Sam. What a lovely idea to give away a card a week. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

  12. Good morning John love the card today I'm just not sure about the bow, but I guess it will grow on me Beryl xx

  13. Good morning John todays card is so beautiful really love the design but must agree with some of the other comments the bow does rather detract from the lovely design of your card just a little smaller would look so much better I feel.
    Margaret corgi owner

  14. John, I like the bow! Good job we are all different, otherwise it would be boring. Congrats to Sam too.

  15. Morning John,
    Stunning card, but the bow is not for me.

  16. Morning John, thanks for the offer to give away a card each week.
    Love this card, but, sorry, like the others, I feel the bow just swamps the card. You can't see the lovely centre, or the mica background.
    Janice W

  17. Love the technique youve used. Really pretty.
    well done sam.
    love valx

  18. I never critique your cards John, but I have to go with the others here; the bow is too distracting. I love the rest of the card though.

  19. Stunning card John, love the design on this, sadly the mica powders do not show their full potential but I can visualize it lol! I love the big bow but I feel it hinds the sentiment a bit, maybe it should be moved to the right a little??? Who am I to judge?

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  20. Love the beautiful soft colors of today's card This die has to be one of my favorites as well.Would be interested in more information on mica technique that you used.The color of the bow and style is lovely but I have to agree, a bit too large. A smaller one would make the card even better.

  21. Wonderful card.

    We are all winners when we get to see your creative, beautiful posts each day.

    I wonder if you have a blog or something you look forward to each and every day as that is the affect you have on many of us.

    Thank you for sharing!

  22. Hi John, Oh, I'm going to have a shot at this one, it's lovely. I don't have this particular die but do have others to play with. Congratulations to yesterday's lucky winner. Thanks again Carol

  23. Hi John
    Another stunner today. Another fantastic card. Congratulations to Sam on winning yestersays card. Not to sure if you won on Kim's blog two and a half maths ago Sam and if you ever received your prize.

  24. Fab card again - can't make out the mica on the acetate but can imagine what it would look like and sounds like a fab technique xx congrats to Sam xx GailT xx

  25. Hi John, this card is gorgeous, bet it looks even better in the flesh x x x

  26. Hi John,Nice card. It's a shame the mica don't show up but sure it's lovely.
    Congrats to Sam for winning one of your cards, lucky lady x
    Maria x